No. 15 Texas thumps New Mexico State

Updated: September 1, 2013

Austin, TX (Sports Network) – David Ash had four touchdown passes as No. 15
Texas thumped New Mexico State, 56-7, in the opener for both schools.

Ash was 20-of-28 for 343 yards and two interceptions, while adding 91 yards
and a score on eight carries for the Longhorns (1-0), who were 9-4 last season
and beat Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.

Malcolm Brown caught three passes for 109 yards and a score, while Daje
Johnson, Mike Davis and John Harris each had a touchdown receiving. Johnson
also had a touchdown on the ground, while Jalen Overstreet added two rushing

Andrew McDonald was 32-of-46 for 242 yards, one score and one interception
for the Aggies (0-1), who come into the season as an Independent following the
dissolution of the Western Athletic Conference.

Neither team got on the board in the first quarter, but New Mexico State was
able to take the lead with 2:28 to play in the half as McDonald and Joshua
Bowen got together on an 11-yard score to cap a nine-play, 64-yard drive.

Texas, though, woke up on its ensuing touch as the second play saw Ash and
Harris hook up on a 54-yard score to tie the game.

After holding the Aggies to a three-and-out, the Longhorns got the ball back
at their own 34 and the first play saw Ash hit Johnson for another score and a
14-7 lead going into the break.

Texas took control of the game after the break as the team scored on its first
three possessions of the second half.

On the sixth play of the first drive, Johnson took a handoff 24 yards into the
end zone for a 21-7 advantage just over two minutes in.

A three-and-out from New Mexico State saw Texas get the ball back at its own
12. Following a 30-yard catch from Brown, Ash kept the ball himself and took
it to the end zone for a 55-yard score.

The big plays continued to come for the Longhorns, as Ash found Brown for a
74-yard score and a 35-7 lead with just over eight minutes to play in the

In the fourth quarter, Ash threw his fourth TD pass of the game to Davis for a
25-yard score, and Overstreet took the ball in from a yard out along with a
38-yard TD run to cap the scoring in the contest.

Game Notes

The Aggies will move to the Sun Belt Conference next season … Texas totaled
715 yards on offense, including 359 on the ground … Texas has won all five
matchups against New Mexico State … McDonald led the Aggies in rushing with
50 yards on 14 carries.